Math You Can Really Use--Every Day

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Overview

Math You Can Really Use—Every Day skips mind-numbing theory and tiresome drills and gets right down to basic math that helps you do real-world stuff like figuring how much to tip, getting the best deals shopping, computing your gas mileage, and more. This is not your typical, dry math textbook. With a comfortable, easygoing approach, it: 

  • Covers math you'll need for balancing your checkbook, choosing or managing credit cards, comparing options for mortgages, insurance, and investments, and more
  • Includes the basics on fractions, decimals, percentages, measurements, and geometric math
  • Clues you in on simple shortcuts
  • Includes examples plus pop quizzes with answers to help you solidify your understanding 
  • Features tear-out guides you can take with you for tipping and converting measurements

Want to know how much 20% off is in dollars and cents? Want to figure out how much gas is going to cost for your road trip? This is the math book you'll really use!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470054024
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/7/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly an instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, DAVID ALAN HERZOGis the author of over 100 audio visual titles and computer programs, and has written and edited several books in mathematics and science.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1 Close Enough.

It’s the Big Ones That Count.

Rounding Up or Down.

2 A Number of Realms of Numbers.

The Realm McCoys.

Once, Twice, Three Shoot.

When I Was in My Prime.

3 Arithmetic of Whole Numbers.

Addition.

Multiplication.

Hey, Hey, Take It Away.

Standard Column Subtraction.

Renaming in Subtraction.

A House Divided.

4 Common Fractions.

What Is a Fraction?

Equivalent Fractions.

Adding and Subtracting Fractions.

Multiplying Fractions.

Reciprocals.

Dividing Fractions.

Fractions Greater than One.

Adding Mixed Numbers.

Subtracting Mixed Numbers.

Changing Mixed Numbers to Fractions.

Multiplying and Dividing Mixed Numbers.

5 Decimal Fractions.

Place Value.

Extending Place Value.

Adding and Subtracting Decimals.

Multiplying Decimals.

Dividing Decimals.

6 Using Percents.

Percent Strategies.

Interest.

Taxes.

Tipping.

On Sale, or Discounts.

7 Measurement.

Linear Measure.

SI Units.

Cutting the Rug.

The Fabric of Society.

Round and Round We Go.

Trounced by the Ounce.

Fluids.

Weighting for Godot.

Comparison Shopping.

Beware of Downsizing.

8 Geometry, Plane and Not So.

Basic Concepts.

Getting A New Angle.

The Parallel Universe.

That Figures.

Ratio and Proportion.

The Pythagorean Theorem.

Four Corners.

Solid!

Surface Area.

9 Checkbook Math.

Register, but Don’t Vote.

An Alternate Strategy.

10 Credit Card Math.

Take an Interest in Interest!

Universal Default.

Secured Credit Cards.

11 Mortgages.

The $100,000 Question.

An $89,000 Mortgage at 8%.

A $159,000 Mortgage at 7%.

Alternative Terms.

Faster Payback.

When to Refinance.

12 Insurance Math.

Probability.

Term Life.

Nonterm Life.

Other Risks.

Automobile Insurance.

13 Simple Investing.

Fixed Income Securities.

Certificates of Deposit.

Stocks.

Bonds.

Mutual Funds.

The Money Market.

14 Distance Problems.

Solving Linear Equations.

Distance Problems for Real.

Fuel Economy.

More Distance Problems.

A Measurement Tip Sheet.

B Addition and Multiplication Flash Cards.

C Calculating the Tip.

D Figuring Discounts and Sales Tax.

Index.

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